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lOB Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter EDITORIAL and OPINION EDITORIAL This week our Letters section is once again dominated by letters about Measure B, which would cap the Plumas District Hospital tax as- sessment at $50 per $100,000 of assessed value. Roughly, two-thirds of the two-dozen letters we received this week spoke to the issue. We would be hard pressed to think of the last time that one issue so dominated our public forum. Although passions obviously run high on both sides, it is remarkable to note that, with the ex- ception of one intemperate submission, the dis- course has been polite and focused on the issues for the most part. This is just the sort of consid- ered discussion we aim to foster. That discussion will be abetted by the League of Women Voters, which will host a public forum tomorrow night, Thursday, July 29, on Measure B. The forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Veter- ans' Hall on Lawrence St. Representatives of the Tax the Cap and Save Our Hospital groups will be there, and League members who do not live within the hospital district will moderate. Many of the letters describe how much Quincy is suffering economically and/or how much it will suffer if the ballot measure passes. That got us to thinking about the bigger picture. By our reckoning, in the last 10 years, Quincy has lost: Two car dealerships Haft its lumber mill A hardware store A lumber yard An appliance store A title company Two restaurants Three radio stations Nearly 100 county positions Countless tradesmen School and college personnel Our list is not exhaustive, but it does beg the question: what's next? Quincy High School? Plumas District Hospital? So far, nothing has filled the void left by our losses. How much more can we afford to lose? Have we lost too much already? These questions are not unique to Quincy. Other" Plumas.e0mmun'itieS can easily ticklti~h'' ~ "~' ~ist:oftlie~t, equ~ or ~ater losse~.~lthough Vot- , ers within the Plumas Hospital District will de- cide the fate of that hospital, the repercussions will ripple out from Quincy to folks in Indian Valley who use PDH because their own hospital is closed, to those from Eastern Plumas who choose to use PDH and to the county's economic health as a whole. Readers from other areas may tire of the back- and-forth letters from proponents and opponents of Measure B, but the reality is, we're all in this together, We think the only way to turn this tide is to vote No on Measure B. We understand the anger and distrust that prompted the measure, but the measure itself was ill conceived and doesn't solve the problem. We don't like being taxed either. But in this case, at least we know where our taxes are going and what purpose they serve which is more than we can say about our state and federal in- come taxes, which seem to disappear into black holes in Sacramento and Washington. We remind PDH voters they will see no, zero, zip assessment from PDH for Measure A on their 2010-11 property-tax bills. That's because the district decided not to sell the bonds they had originally planned to in February. We think the board will stick by that decision and by their re- cent declaration of intent not to enter into any financing deal that would result in a tax rate of more than $125 per $100,000 of assessed value. Given the po!itical climate, we think they have to. Or we 11 be reading letters about a Measure C. A Feath ng paper go to Michael C. Taborski ' .Publisher Keri B. Taborski ,..Legal Advertising Dept. Delaine Fragnoli ........ Managing Editor Diana Jorgenson .......... Portola Editor Alicia Knadler ........ Indian Valley Editor Kate West ............... Chester Editor Shannon Morrow .......... Sports Editor Mona Hill .................. Copy Editor I Staff writers: Joshua Sebold Cheryl Frei Will Farris Ruth Ellis Sam Williams Brian Taylor Barbara France Pat Shillito Susan Cort dohnson Linda Satchwell A few carefree days 'ere summer's end MY TURN 'SUSAN COURT JOHNSON Staff Writer July has been hectic, and I long for a few of those carefree days of summer about which people write song lyrics. The memo- ry of those times was triggered by the aro- ma of suntan lotion a family of five must have put on while boating, or at least they were dressed for such a lake activity. They were ordering a pizza at Buffalo Chips as I was having a late lUnch on a Saturday af- ternoon, taking a break from painting my dining room. My husband, Terry, and I have been painting a house we're moving to while packing and transporting items from the old location room by room: Whenever you move to a new house, it is a bit like trying to put together the pieces of a very complicated jigsaw puzzle. The pieces don't always fit in the obvious spot and you are moving and angling them until finally they snap together. It would be mudh easier if life could be put on hold for a few weeks when moving as well, but the same duties remain and usually a few more get added to the list Adrienne Fagalde of Lake Almanor West and her USA cousins recently visited Newfoundland, Canada, where their mothers were born. They are shown at Sig- nal Hill, overlooking St. John's. From;left are USA cousins Jean Sanchez, Tod Sanchez, Adrienne Fagalde, Jane Vallier, Noreen Erwin, Fred Vallier and New- foundland cousin Ernest Gosney. Next time you travel, share where you went by taking your local newspaper along and including it in a photo. Then e-mail the photo to of obligations. For example, as I was wondering if I could survive on one hour of sleep for a while in order to ffmish the move; complete my writing deadlines; keep up with my ministries and attend to the activities of daily living, I received a summons for jury duty. When I called the courthouse to see if there was some way I could postpone it, a very nice lady pointed out I could invoke a hardship clause once, so I did, hoping the next time I receive a summons I won't be in such a time crunch. In fact, in August I am hoping to enjoy a few of the great summer days we have in the mountains. Having lived in the Sacra- mento Valley for years, where the weather during the summer months can be so hot you must exercise early in the morning and seek refuge in air-conditioned build- ings in the afternoons, I appreciate this time of year. We bought a couple kayaks to paddle the multitude of lakes, and we have goff clubs. Recently, I was talking to a couple who lives in Arizona and they get up at 5 a.m. to golf because of scorching temperatures. The flowers planted in a Westwood yard will bloom all summer as well. It's great to sit outside to read or just relax. However, as an adult, we often have to practice the art of relaxation as a discipline. All too of- ten we realize we have awakened to a cool, fall morning and have missed summer. That didn't happen when we were chil- dren. When I was growing up in Latrobe, we would talk our parents into driving to the Consumnes River after dinner so we could swim. We would take our shoes off and hardly ever put them on again until school started in September. We would make Kool-Aid popsicles in ice cube trays and sometimes toss our sleeping bag on the back lawn and sleep under the stars. As adults we don't have unlimited free time, but we could leave the dishes for a swim at Lake Almanor and take a break from the long list of Saturday chores for a bike ride along the Bizz Johnson Trail or a hike. We could block out a day on our schedule for a summer activity as well, such as a visit to Lassen Volcanic National Park. I have almost completed the move, and although things still don't quite fit in the new house, I am going to arrange a few of those carefree days of summer. I hope you do, too. R,_EMEMBER WHEN "' r Crescent Streets. The first floor will in- clude a lobby, coffee shop, pool hall and barber shop. Construction cost: $40.000. KERI TABORSKI Historian 50 YEARS AGO ...... 1960 Miss Linda Bement of Salt Lake City, 80 YEARS AGO ....... 1930 Utah who was crowned Miss Universe last Plumas County SheriffL. A. Braden and week in Florida has been a Plumas County a posse of deputies from Quincy drove in to visitor on many occasions with her par- Chester Saturday night and staged a raid ents who own extensive minmg property upon a Chinese gambling den and dance in Genesee. hall, arresting five operators and dealers and confiscated furnishings. 30 YEARS AGO ....... 1989 Mike D. Ayoob of Greenville this week Advertisement in county-wide classified began construction of a modern two story ads: Chester Theater. Prime Main Street and basement hotel on what is known as property. Owner will train. $175,000. the hotel block at the corner of Main and The Plumas County Board of Supervi- sors this week decided to seel{ b;ds for the construction of a new permanent animal pound to house picked up dogs and cats. Sheriff Doug Thomas told the supervisors that he estimates the cost of the building of the pound to be about $30,000 and will prob- ably be built on county owned property lo- cated near the Plumas County SherilTs off- ic in East Quincy. The building will consist of cages, cement flooring, outdoor runs, a septic system and a small office. 10 YEARS AGO.....2000 Rene Weyby Lassen, the great nephew four times removed of early California set- tler Peter Lassen gave a slide presentation at Chester High School this week. torn crash and burn to tahing flight ... dr~aw that dream into reality, my own life. Beating the same trail over Lately I've been thinking a lot about the and over again as an individual is a differ- solidity of the earth and the value of that, ent kind of conspiracy a conspiracy of about walking firmly on the ground before hopelessness and helplessness. letting the mind set to rising. Dreams put The treasure and danger of a quote that into motion by a mind that has a solid base reminds you of the preciousness and the can take flight. Those that fly first, without wild potential of your one life -- the only 1 such grounding, have a tendency, in my one you know for certain that you will ever experience, to careen to and fro, to crash have -- is that it suggests to someone like MY TURN and burn. me, who breaks away from routine periodi- LINDA SATCHWELL One of my significant early memories is cally in big ways, that if a relationship, an Staff Writer standing with my great uncle Merle on his expectation or a job is threatening to break land at the edge of Corvallis, Ore. There he you, it's time to break away. Time to run was in his overalls, pointing out some ruts screaming from that room, as a friend of in the dried mud that went out away from mine used to say. "What is ityou plan to do with your one us, disappearing in the distance. "That," The danger is that when you leave one precious and wild life?" he said, "is the Oregon Trail." thing behind, you have to create some- Early settlers with dreams of a new life thing new for yourself. That something During the time I was out of work for in a new land had come here in numbers so new has the potential to be great or disas- seven weeks recovering from surgery,large, so great and conspiratorial was that trous. Tiffiney Lozano took my place. When I re- dream, that it left a permanent mark on But, courage has the capacity to subdue turned, I found the above quote scrawled the land. disaster. What lies ahead for those who on a piece of paper. I assumed she meant it I stood on the Oregon Trail and looked trust and believe in their own precious and for herself, but I liked it and kept it. Today, off in the distance. I could almost see them wild nature is riches, a brilliantly colored I looked at it again and it questioned me coming, life.., at least there is that possibility. with alarming significance. Later, however, ruts in the road became We didn't create the iconic end of the A question like that can be good, be- my image for being stuck. For doing the rainbow, with its gold untold as a commu- cause it can light a fire under a life mired same thing over and over again, no matter nal ideal for nothing, did we? in dull routine. It can remind a person to how difficult it had become. For either not Perhaps I'll write to you ff I get there dare to dream and, not only dream, but thinking, or thinking I had no control over and tell you what the view looks like. 1